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TD Michael Lowry Wins Appeal Against Moriarty Tribunal Decision

Independent TD Mr Michael Lowry has won his appeal in relation to the decision of the Moriarty Tribunal to award him only of his legal costs, following his participation in same tribunal.

Mr Lowry had appealed that decision claiming that he was treated differently from one of the other tribunal subjects, the late former Taoiseach Mr Charles J. Haughey, who had been awarded his full costs. The three-judge Court of Appeal have now returned the question of legal costs back to the tribunal for their reconsideration.

The High Court had dismissed Mr Lowry’s appeal in relation to the specific ruling made by the Moriarty Tribunal; claiming that he had engaged in “a litany of falsification and deception” thus failing to co-operate with the said tribunal.

Today’s appeal decision was delivered by the Court of Appeal’s President, Mr Justice Sean Ryan, whose colleagues, Ms Justice Finlay Geoghegan and Mr Justice John Edwards, were also fully in agreement.

Mr Lowry had correctly argued that there had been a disproportionate reduction in the amount of costs he had been awarded. He had further argued that his non-cooperation findings demonstrated a breach of fair procedures, failing to provide adequate material to substantiate the conclusions made by the tribunal.

Mr Justice Sean Ryan therefore allowed Mr Lowry’s appeal in relation to the decision that he should only get of his legal costs and Mr Lowry is therefore now entitled to an order quashing the tribunal’s initial costs decision of October 31st, 2013.


Bus Shelter Being Sought For Two-Mile-Borris

Local Littleton / Two-Mile-Borris Correspondent Mr Gerry Bowe Report:

With so much inclement weather having being experienced in recent months; waiting for buses in the village of Two-Mile-Borris has become somewhat of a major ordeal for computers of all ages.

Some twenty-five schoolchildren are presently forced to congregate in the open twice daily to use school transport. On Friday’s some fifteen adults, including many old age pensioners must wait for rural transport in similar circumstances, with a minimum of six people on other week days.

The rural transport service is provided by Kavanagh’s of Urlingford, whose facility is greatly appreciated, especially by those with no other available means of transport. The Kavanagh service include stops in Urlingford, following a route to Clonmel, operating a twice daily service.

School transport, also greatly appreciated, conveying students in particular to schools in Thurles is presently being provided by Jerry Ryan Coaches in Thurles. Under the present scenario pupils find themselves often sitting through the day, in wet clothing, due to a lack of basic shelter.

Sites available and indeed suitable for the erection of a bus shelter, have now been identified in Two-Mile-Borris village.

It is now hoped that with the support of local Councillors and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (T.I.I), swift action will be taken to advance an obvious solution with regard to this ongoing issue.


Capital Investment Plan To Invest In South Tipperary General Hospital

Lowry Welcomes Unprecedented Investment In South Tipperary General Hospital

Tremendous news for South Tipperary General Hospital following confirmation from Deputy Michael Lowry that the Hospital is to be included in the Capital Investment Plan. The Hospital is now earmarked for a substantial €50 Million infrastructural investment plan.

L-R: Professor Mr Peter Murchan, Mr Michael Lowry (TD), M/s Maria Barry (Hospital General Manager), and Professor Mr Paud O’Regan.

Deputy Michael Lowry has today confirmed, what he himself called “the biggest ever investment in a Tipperary Health Care project”.

“This is ground-breaking, fantastic news for South Tipperary General Hospital. I’m absolutely delighted for the Management and Staff of the Hospital and for the people of Tipperary. Since the last general election when North and South Tipperary were combined into one constituency, I made a promise to the people of Tipperary that the investment and development of South Tipperary General Hospital was my number one priority. Originally I made the case for the much need 12 bed overflow unit to be funded and I am pleased that this is now open and in operation. Next was the provision of a 40 bed modular unit to alleviate the chronic overcrowding at the Hospital, I can confirm that the modular unit has now been designed, the preferred contractor has now been chosen and contracts are ready to be signed, funding of €16m is in place and the order for supply is ready to be placed. It is intended to have this state of the art unit functional for November 2018.”

Deputy Lowry continued:
“Over the past year I have personally made a strong case that South Tipperary General Hospital needed to be included in the Capital Investment Plan. I had extensive on going discussions with Hospital Management, Ministers Simon Harris, Paschal Donohoe and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, I am thrilled to confirm that our efforts have been met with resounding success. The Hospital is one of the priority projects in the plan which will be initiated and concluded. I can also confirm that as part of the Capital Investment Plan for South Tipperary General Hospital the Hospital will receive €3.2m for the provision of a new Outpatient Clinic. I can also confirm that under the Capital Plan design work will be advanced for the construction of a new 50 bed unit with estimated costs of over €24 million. Overall the total investment in South Tipperary General Hospital in the short term will be a minimum of €50m”.

Deputy Lowry concluded:
“The staff and everyone involved at the Hospital in Clonmel have shown remarkable patience and resilience. They have kept the Hospital going during very difficult times and circumstances. We are now witnessing an amazing turnaround in the fortunes of South Tipperary General Hospital. It was only a short time ago since the Hospital was listed for downgrading, we have now turned the corner and there is fantastic confidence in the Hospital’s future and a good atmosphere prevailing. There is huge credit due to the Management and Staff and I am delighted that after years of being ignored and neglected South Tipperary General Hospital is now the focus of attention by the HSE, by the Department of Health and the Government.  I’m pleased that the multi million Euro investment that was required is now available.”


Thurles Relief Road To Be Funded Under National Development Plan

Lowry Confirms Thurles Relief Road Eligible For Funding Under The National Development Plan

Michael Lowry TD

Independent Deputy Michael Lowry TD has today announced that further to his discussions with Ministers Mr Paschal Donoghue and Mr Shane Ross, the Government have included the much-needed Thurles Relief Road, as a project for appraisal under the National Development Plan.

“This is a vital project necessary for Thurles, to alleviate chronic traffic congestion; enable sites deemed sterile to be developed; and further allow for economic activity and growth within the town”, stated Lowry.

“Through my involvement over the years with this project, which was already advanced through securing funding for the Jimmy Doyle Ring Road and also the funding for research, evaluation and engineering design for this Thurles Relief Road scheme; those same efforts had already brought us to the point where we had the preferred route selected”, continued the Deputy.

This project received a major setback in August 2011, when the coalition government of Fine Gael/Labour insisted on axing this Thurles Relief Road development.

“I am now delighted to announce the revival and renewal of this necessary project. Tipperary Co. Council will now officially be able to make the necessary submissions to the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport; to further advance this formerly axed project, under the new National Development Plan”, declared Lowry.


Barry’s Bridge Thurles – Repairs Imminent Say TII

Following on from our report on the state of Barry’s Bridge here in Thurles, which we published yesterday; Thurles.Info forwarded an email to the the senior minister at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, namely Shane Ross, TD, at Leeson Lane, Dublin 2, Ireland D02TR60.  The acknowledged email sent to minister@dttas.ie, containing 6 photographs, explained the difficulties being experienced in dealing with Tipperary Co. Council and their difficulties, in turn, in attempting to communicate with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII).

We are now informed that TII will immediately appoint a highway contractor to commence work, on what appears currently as a cloned street-scape, removed from Northern Syria.

We are also informed that the current sub-surface of the bridge may have to be further adapted, following the last 4 failed attempts to repair same, which despite huge costs to taxpayers; proved to be a mitigated disaster.

In our email to the Minister we also raised the issue of the promised 16 year old “Thurles Bypass”,  currently the stuff of jokes.

Hopefully, now the TII will honour this commitment and Barry’s Bridge will not go the route of Ballynonty bridge, which completely collapsed, luckily with no loss of life, some years ago.

In the words of poet G. Cullen’s poem, “Global Warming”.
That last event :-  “Twas like a big tsunami or the floods in New Orleans,
Or back when Noah built the ark to save the human beings,
But nothing ever read or seen has caused the jaw to drop,
Like the bridge in Ballynonty near Alice Perry’s shop.”